“The Holy Spirit, who unites in himself the loving will of the Father and the Son, also incorporates the sacred writers’ loving reception of the Word into this unity—and so unites Father and Son also from within Scripture itself.”
Introduction: defining the question
Exegesis and theology are called to re-discover anew the unity of the Scriptures as a mystery that reaches into God’s own being. We use the term “mystery” here in the traditional sense, meaning, in the words of Newman, a “Truth Sacramental:” that is, “a high invisible grace lodged in an outward form, a precious possession to be piously and thankfully guarded for the sake of the heavenly reality contained in it.”1 The adoption of the word mystery in this context is appropriate, because the Bible confronts us from the outset with a reality that exceeds all exhaustive comprehension: the reality of human words expressing the one Word of God.
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1. J. H. Newman, “Sermon 18,” in Parish Sermons; cited by Louis Bouyer, Le mystère de la foi, (Geneva, 2006), 63; Eng., Newman’s Vision of Faith: A Theology for General Times of Apostasy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986).